Olympics

Who holds the record for most points scored in a single Men's Basketball game at the Olympics?

Slovenia's Luka Doncic came out with a bang in his debut at the Tokyo Olympics, erupting for 48 points to lead his country past Argentina.

The superstar guard's historic performance came on an efficient 18-for-29 shooting from the field and 6-for-14 shooting from 3, while also tallying 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks to help his team get the win.

Doncic had the Olympics' all-time single-game scoring record in his sights but checked out of the game with 4:35 remaining, given his country's comfortable lead.

But which player has the Olympics' all-time single-game scoring record? And where does Doncic's performance rank among the highest-scoring outputs in Olympics history?

Take a look below.

Olympics all-time single-game scoring records
Rank Player Country Olympics Year Opponent Points scored
1. Oscar Schmidt Brazil Seoul - 1988 Spain 55
T-2. Luka Doncic Slovenia Tokyo - 2020 Argentina 48
T-2. Eddie Palubinskas Australia Montreal - 1976 Mexico 48
T-4. Oscar Schmidt Brazil Seoul - 1988 Soviet Union 46
T-4. Oscar Schmidt Brazil Seoul - 1988 Puerto Rico 46
6. Oscar Schmidt Brazil Atlanta - 1996 Puerto Rico 45
T-7. Ricardo Duarte Peru Tokyo - 1964 South Korea 44
T-7. Oscar Schmidt Brazil Seoul - 1988 China 44
T-7. Oscar Schmidt Brazil Barcelona - 1992 Spain 44
T-10. Arturo Guerrero Mexico Montreal - 1976 Japan 41
T-10 Oscar Schmidt Brazil Seoul - 1988 Canada 41
T-12. Arturo Guerrero Mexico Montreal - 1976 Australia 40
T-12 Antonello Riva Italy Los Angeles - 1984 Uruguay 40

Brazil's Oscar Schmidt is responsible for seven of the highest individual scoring totals in Olympics history, tallying over 40 points six times while also becoming the only Olympian to ever eclipse the 50-point mark.

His 1,093 points at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea are the most total points any player has ever recorded at a single Olympic Games. The next closest player is Australia's Andrew Gaze, whose 789 points at the 2000 Olympics in his home country of Sydney, Australia, falls 304 points shy of Schmidt's record.

Schmidt's historic performance at the 1988 Seoul Olympics came to an end in the first round of the Knockout Stage. Can Doncic challenge history and join Schmidt in the 50-point club while trying to carry Slovenia as far as possible at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

We'll soon find out as the tournament continues.

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